The community of Marysville was in shock after two teenagers were struck by a Union Pacific train Friday night.
This is the fourth train versus person incident in the last five years.
Just after 7 p.m., 16 year-old Mateus Moore was pronounced dead on scene. A 16 year-old girl, Mickayla Friend, was air lifted to Sutter Roseville hospital for critical injuries.
Shawn Stark was at his son’s Little League baseball game at Earle Yorton Park, when he saw the accident.
“When the train was on the other side of the trestle, it was going ‘beep beep’,” Stark said. “But when it got closer, it just laid on the horn. The horn didn’t stop. It must have been 30 seconds long. Then, they finally turned around, he pushed her, and he went under and she hit the corner of the train.”
Union Pacific investigators are leading this investigation, while Marysville Police and Yuba County Sheriff’s Department are acting as support agencies.
Marysville Police Chief David Baker said the two 16-year-olds were headed to a Sadie Hawkins dance at their high school, Marysville Charter Academy of the Arts, when they were stuck by the southbound Union Pacific train. Investigators are still figuring out why the two did not see, hear or feel the vibrations of the slow-moving train. Chief Baker said they did not find headphones on either of the victims.
“We just don’t know. We don’t know what distractions had been in place. We just have no information on that at this point in time,” Chief Baker said.
Grief counseling will be offered to the community and to students at Marysville Charter Academy of the Arts starting Monday.
Officers remind people that not only is walking on train tracks dangerous, it is illegal (misdemeanor).